Since 1975 Ian Cousins has performed over sixty principal baritone roles with the VICTORIA STATE OPERA, OPERA AUSTRALIA, the WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA COMPANY, the STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA and CHAMBER MADE OPERA. These have included the roles of Sharpless in MADAM BUTTERFLY, Figaro and Doctor Bartolo in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in which roles he has toured nationally in the Oz Opera touring production, Count Di Luna in IL TROVATORE, Valentin in FAUST, Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS, Doctor Malatesta in DON PASQUALE, Somers in GENTLEMEN’S ISLAND and Smirnov in THE BEAR.
He has performed in many contemporary Australian works including the premiere productions of METAMORPHOSIS by Brian Howard and HUNGER by Neil Clifton, for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA.
His concert repertoire has included such diverse works as WOZZECK by Alban Berg, Vaughan William’s PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, Kodaly’s HARY JANOS, and Orff’s CARMINA BURANA. He has regularly presented recital programs of classical and popular music and has been engaged as soloist by the ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the WA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, as well as appearing for ORCHESTRA VICTORIA, the OPERA & BALLET ORCHESTRA in Sydney, the GEMINIANI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the MELBOURNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, the MELBOURNE CHORALE, and the MELBOUIRNE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR. He has appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.9 for the ACADEMY OF MELBOURNE.
His recordings include Mahler’s SONGS OF THE WAYFARER with the ELIZABETHAN TRUST ORCHESTRA, and CARMINA BURANA with the MONASH UNIVERSITY CHORAL SOCIETY.
Ian Cousins’ recent engagements have included the role of The Speaker in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Sharpless in MADAM BUTTERFLY, both for MELBOURNE OPERA COMPANY, Michele in IL TABARRO, the HERALD SUN critic saying of this role in 2003, Ian Cousins again delivered. His voice never seems to age and the colour is beautiful., and of the role of Figaro in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE AGE writing of his performance in 2004 said, Best of all is Ian Cousins’ Figaro… He captures the balance between bravado, connivance and mortal panic and his vocal control is masterly.
He has sung Tonio in I PAGLIACCI, Count De Luna in IL TROVATORE, Renato in THE MASKED BALL and Scarpia in TOSCA all for MELBOURNE CITY OPERA, THE AGE saying of this last role, Ian Cousins as Scarpia brings exactly the right note of sybaritic pleasure to his second act love scene with Tosca, while elsewhere the threat of his violence is palpable., and has been engaged to sing Alidoro in CENERENTOLA for OPERA QUEENSLAND, Nachtigall in THE MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG for OPERA AUSTRALIA and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for OZ OPERA.
He appeared in the title role of DON PASQUALE for NOTEWORTHY AUSTRALIA’s INDEPENDENT CLASSICS SERIES during 2005 and sang Germont Pere in MELBOURNE CITY OPERA’s LA TRAVIATA and Bartolo in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE for MELBOURNE OPERA.
2007 included Zuniga in CARMEN, Sharpless in MADAM BUTTERFLY and further performances of Bartolo, all for MELBOURNE OPERA.
During 2008 he appeared in the role of Sharpless for OZ OPERA‘s touring production of MADAM BUTTERFLY and sang Benoit and Alcindoro in LA BOHEME for MELBOURNE OPERA.
He returned to the role of Sharpless for OZ OPERA during 2009 and also sang Baron Dauphol in MELBOURNE OPERA‘s season of LA TRAVIATA. On the concert stage he was engaged to appear in Vaughan Williams’ SERANADE TO MUSIC as part of the opening events of the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE.
Ian Cousins’ engagements during 2010 included returning to the role of Bartolo in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and Sharpless in MADAM BUTTERFLY, both roles for MELBOURNE OPERA for which he appeared as Baron Zeta in THE MERRY WIDOW and Dancairo in Carmen during 2011.
Also during 2011 he appeared as Vicar Gedge in ALBERT HERRING for VICTORIAN OPERA.
2012 included the role of Don Quixote in De Falla’s MASTER PETER’S PUPPET SHOW again for VICTORIAN OPERA and Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE for MELBOURNE OPERA, along with further performances of Dancairo in that same company’s touring season of CARMEN.
During 2013 he sang the role of the Baron in LA TRAVIATA, also for MELBOURNE OPERA.
He returned to MELBOURNE OPERA, and to the role of Bartolo, in the company’s season of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE during 2015.
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